Adam Kuspa, Ph.D.

2019- President The Robert A. Welch Foundation 
innate immunity, microbiome, biochemistry
"Adam Kuspa"

Dr. Kuspa received his B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of California at San Diego, his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University and he served as an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at San Diego. He joined the Baylor College of Medicine faculty in 1993 as an assistant professor of biochemistry and has been involved in several programs, including Developmental Biology and Molecular and Human Genetics, as well as the Human Genome Sequencing Center. Dr. Kuspa was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005. He served as chair of the Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry from March 2006 to April 2011, and led Baylor College of Medicine's research enterprise from July 2010 to Sept. 2019.
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Narita TB, Kawabe Y, Kin K, et al. (2020) Loss of the polyketide synthase StlB results in stalk cell overproduction in Polysphondylium violaceum. Genome Biology and Evolution
Farinholt T, Dinh C, Kuspa A. (2019) Microbiome management in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum compared to humans. The International Journal of Developmental Biology. 63: 447-450
Kuspa A, Shaulsky G. (2019) (Auto)Biographical reflections on the contributions of William F. Loomis (1940-2016) to Dictyostelium biology. The International Journal of Developmental Biology. 63: 343-357
Farinholt T, Dinh C, Kuspa A. (2019) Social amoebae establish a protective interface with their bacterial associates by lectin agglutination. Science Advances. 5: eaav4367
Rubin M, Miller AD, Katoh-Kurasawa M, et al. (2019) Cooperative predation in the social amoebae Dictyostelium discoideum. Plos One. 14: e0209438
Dinh C, Farinholt T, Hirose S, et al. (2018) Lectins modulate the microbiota of social amoebae. Science (New York, N.Y.). 361: 402-406
Hirose S, Chen G, Kuspa A, et al. (2017) The polymorphic proteins TgrB1 and TgrC1 function as a ligand-receptor pair in Dictyostelium allorecognition. Journal of Cell Science
Zhang X, Zhuchenko O, Kuspa A, et al. (2016) Social amoebae trap and kill bacteria by casting DNA nets. Nature Communications. 7: 10938
Žitnik M, Nam EA, Dinh C, et al. (2015) Gene Prioritization by Compressive Data Fusion and Chaining. Plos Computational Biology. 11: e1004552
Hirose S, Santhanam B, Katoh-Kurosawa M, et al. (2015) Allorecognition, via TgrB1 and TgrC1, mediates the transition from unicellularity to multicellularity in the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum. Development (Cambridge, England). 142: 3561-70
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